Plastic Free Coastlines - Say no to single use

- A 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994

- 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day!

- A Plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach

- 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the sea every day. 

- 95% of fulmars in the North Sea have ingested plastic

- 37.4 percent of marine litter comes directly from the public

- Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion of and entanglement in marine litter

- On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean

- More than 320 Sewage Related Debris items are found per mile of beach in the UK; these items include wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, and sanitary items

Company Away Day -

Mat, Tom, Chris & Sam wanted to do something a little different for their Company Away Day, they wanted to make an impact and to make a positive difference, so they volunteered to do a #minibeachclean for Surfers Against Sewage, followed by a SUP Safari to Llanddwyn with a panad (cup of tea) & cake on the beach, followed by a single plastic free BBQ picnic overlooking Snowdonia in the sunshine.

Well done to the guys at Kind, you are stars! I and Surfers Against Sewage are so grateful by your efforts today by helping towards #plasticfreecoastlines

You guys are awesome!

SUP SAFARI

SUP Safari | Anglesey | Psyched Paddleboarding

Psyched Paddleboarding provides superb Sup experiences, we run SUP safari's along the spectacular coastline of Anglesey and in Snowdonia. The half day will be spent journeying to a stunning location. Enjoy the atmosphere, the change in environment, re connect with nature, enjoy the solitude and time out from the hustle and bustle. This is a true SUP adventure!

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SUP SOCIAL

Stand up paddle boarding is such a fun and social activity so why not hang out with Sian for an hour and meet like minded people who just want to get out for a SUP. This activity is designed for people who have SUP before. No coaching will be provided. Safety cover and guiding. If people fancy we can do a BBQ, picnic or go for a bite to eat afterwards.

SUP SOCIAL | Psyched Paddleboarding

FLOATING AROUND IN WATER LILIES

Floating around on the water lilies | Night SUP | Psyched Paddleboarding |

Be guided by a magical moonlight and starry sky for your SUP adventure in Snowdonia. It is truly a special way to SUP, experience being close to the water, senses heightened to hear wildlife. Snowdonia has been awarded Dark Skies Reserve due to the outstanding quality of the night air! We are pretty proud as its 1 of only 11 dark sky reserves in the whole world, impressive! So come and join us to paddle boarding in a starry night in Snowdonia. Create wonderful memories and experience special moments.

ADVENTURE SUP

Hello my lovely SUP'ers fancy joining us for an exciting Adventure SUP! Coasteering/or gorge and SUP!

This is such an exhilarating and adrenaline pumping experience in North Wales. The activity is spent journeying and exploring. It is a wonderful way of discovering the new areas and it’s wildlife! Feel invigorated leaping off rocks into the ocean! There are offshore islets to swim to and hidden coves to discover. This is an action packed and social activity that is ideal for social get togethers looking to do something a little bit different and active to do.

Night Paddleboarding in Snowdonia

Night Paddleboarding in Snowdonia | Psyched Paddleboarding

I am very proud and delighted Snowdonia has been awarded Dark Sky Status, impressive as only 11 in the world has been given this. It is therefore such a wonderful experience to paddle off as the sun is setting, watching the sun disappear and the stars start to fill the sky. It is truly magical being away from it all, close to the water, your senses heightened as you go on an exciting journey exploring on SUP.

Fast Facts from Surfers Against Sewage

Here are some FAST FACTS from Surfers Against Sewage if you wish to use and share to raise awareness: 

- At least 267 marine species have suffered from contact with marine debris

- A 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994

- 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day!

- £18 million spent on removing beach litter annually by local authorities

- A Plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach

- 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the sea every day. 

- 95% of fulmars in the North Sea have ingested plastic

- 37.4 percent of marine litter comes directly from the public

- Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion of and entanglement in marine litter

- On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean

- Alarmingly, over the past 15 years the amount of marine litter washing up on UK beaches has almost doubled

- Did you know a cotton bud stick can take 150 years to break down in the marine environment

- More than 320 Sewage Related Debris items are found per mile of beach in the UK; these items include wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, and sanitary items

Surfers Against Sewage | Regional Rep

I am passionate about protecting our beautiful oceans, beaches and wildlife. I want to help to inspire, empower and educate others.

 

I'm a Regional Rep for Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) on Anglesey.

Last year the SAS Beach Clean Series saw over 3,500 volunteers who helped to remove 10 tonnes of rubbish from 160 beautiful beaches around the U.K.

The marine litter crisis is one the most significant threat to our oceans today. It is an environmental problem on a global scale and adversely impacts wildlife, the economy and human health.

In the last 12 months Surfers Against Sewage volunteers have collected over 20,000 single-use drinks containers at SAS beach cleaning events.

A significant part of this global problem can be tackled at a local level through initiatives including the Beach Clean's.

Let's do our bit to help protect our beaches, oceans and wildlife.

 

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Extreme Beach Clean | Surfers Against Sewage

A team from Surfers Against SewageKeep Wales TidyRib RideHalen Môn Sea Salt took part on the extreme beach clean. Rib Ride kindly organised and provided all volenteers an experience to access the remote beach via their RIB and journeying along the iconic Menai Straits to Abermenai.

From Surfers against Sewage, I have a team of 4, Cheryl, Sophie, Sion from Lligwy Beach Cafe and Alex. All passionate about helping to protect where we live and work.

Surfers Against Sewage | Team helpers for Beach Clean | Anglesey

We arrived at Abermenai Point and spent 2hours collecting marine litter. During our time their on the beach, we collected more than 39 bags of litter, big bulky plastic and fishing nest debris. Plus a phenomenal amount of cotton bud sticks! I was shocked to see so much cotton bud sticks washed up. We hardly scratched the surface!

Did you know a cotton bud stick can take 150 years to break down in the marine environment. 

More than 320 Sewage Related Debris items are found per mile of beach in the UK; these items include wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, and sanitary items. Think before you flush. Please share & educate.

Surfers Against Sewage | Beach clean | Think before you flush

Thank you to everyone who helped, I am so grateful for Rib Rides for providing the RIBS and for organising it all.

 

Let's help to protect our stunning beaches, oceans and wildlife. Please share & educate.

Peak UK Adventure Single | Review

Sian Sykes, wearing Adventure Single by Peak UK

When I am out SUP'ing on chilly days, I wear the Adventure Single. In North Wales,  we often experience four seasons in a day and this jacket is perfect for coping with the changing weather! It keeps me toasty and dry. It is also a great layer to wear as a wind barrier.  I wear this jacket when I am instructing, guiding and playing on my own SUP adventures. I love that it is light weight but still very durable and I certainly do not over heat when out SUP'ing. It is a jacket I feel very comfy wearing. 

The jacket has 2 front zip pockets and 1 arm zip pocket with inside loops, perfect for securing on a landyard with a mobile phone in a waterproof case, small laminate map etc. The wrists are latex and you can tighten the cuffs with velcro to ensure water doesn't seep in. The waist belt has a neoprene type finish with also velcro straps to tighten. I also love the hood, when I am out paddling in tough and challenging conditions, it keeps my head warm and dry. The hood is generously oversized with draw cords to enable a tight fit so it doesn't slide off or you can adjust to have a loose fit, perfect when I am wearing my hat or helmet.

I love the colour of the jacket, bright enough to be seen with also reflective sleeves, ideal for when I am out night SUP'ing.

The Adventure Single jacket, fits the bill, perfect for SUP adventures. Keeps me warm, dry and comfortable.

FEATURES

  • Articulated cut with bent elbows
  • Fully taped seams
  • Breathable and durable X3 mid weight ripstop nylon with 20m waterproofing
  • Zip opening outer neck and large adjustable hood with easy stow toggle
  • Opening neoprene inner neck
  • Latex inner wrists with Aquaout outer seals
  • Aquaout waist seal
  • Easy access double front zip pockets with sewn drainage holes
  • Reflective sleeve stripes
  • Zip pocket on LH sleeve

Sizes: XS. S. M. L. XL. XXL

COLOURS: Lime / Blue. Blue / Lime 

Buy online from: Peak UK

Official partner for Peak UK

I'm pretty stoked to be part of the Peak UK team as an official partner! For those who don't know Peak UK, they produce fantastic paddling gear! 

All my lovely guests wear Peak UK clothing so they feel comfortable paddling and of course look the part too!

PEAK UK ANNOUNCEMENT

Introducing the latest official Peak UK partner... Sian Sykes! 
Sian is the founder of Psyched Paddleboarding based in Anglesey, offering paddleboarding trips and courses. As well as having a number of SUP firsts to her name, Sian is active with Surfers Against Sewage in promoting cleaner beaches and oceans. 

We are delighted to welcome Sian to the team, check out her profile below!

http://www.peakuk.com/index.php?route=member/team&path=23_88

Surfers Against Sewage | Spring Beach Clean

Join me on the 7th April for the Surfers Against Sewage BIG SPRING BEACH CLEAN at #Rhosneiger, #Anglesey #ecover #plasticfreeoceans #oceanplastic

 

Some facts for you to understand the issues:

 

- There may be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes

 

- 99 plastic bottles were found per km of UK beach in 2015

 

- 1 million sea birds are killed by plastic annually

 

- 100,000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by marine litter annually

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- It takes at least 450 years from a plastic bottle to break down

 

- More than 320 sanitary items are found per mile of beach in the UK

 

- On average, 28 wet wipes are found per mile of beach in the UK

 

- There has been a 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994

 

- UK water companies spend over £88million to clear sewer blockages every year

 

- Global production of plastic 311 million tonnes in 2014

 

Let's do our bit, help to inspire and educate others.

 

#oceanplastic #plasticfreecoastlines #ecover

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SAS - on Radio 2

Ace interview by Hugo from Surfers Against Sewage on BBC/Radio 2 with Chris Evans  raising awareness about #plasticoceans, deposit return system on plastic bottles, think before you flush and the Big Spring Clean. Listen here if you missed it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04s4zcq


Some facts for you to understand the issues:


- There may be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes


- 99 plastic bottles were found per km of UK beach in 2015


- 1 million sea birds are killed by plastic annually


- 100,000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by marine litter annually

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- It takes at least 450 years from a plastic bottle to break down


- More than 320 sanitary items are found per mile of beach in the UK


- On average, 28 wet wipes are found per mile of beach in the UK


- There has been a 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994


- UK water companies spend over £88million to clear sewer blockages every year


- Global production of plastic 311 million tonnes in 2014


Let's do our bit, help to inspire and educate others.


#oceanplastic #plasticfreecoastlines #ecover

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#psychedforplasticfreeoceans

Psyched Paddleboarding are passionate about the environment, marine, bird and wildlife. We want to help to protect our beautiful oceans and land. We want to help to inspire and educate others. Here are some great suggestions for you to help do your bit to help make difference. 

 

 

- When you are out walking, or paddling, do a mini beach clean, Surfers Against Sewage has a great suggestion here: http://www.sas.org.uk/news/beach-cleans/minibeachclean

 

- Use a reusable mug when you are out and about to avoid using disposable cups with plastic lids

 

- Avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles. Use reusable bottle and take it out with you. Sadly I see so many plastic bottles washed up on my local beach

 

- Avoid using plastic carrier bags and use your own when you go  shopping

 

- Purchase paper cotton buds rather than plastic. I see no ends of these washed up on our beautiful beaches

 

- Avoid using disposable plastic cutlery and straws

 

- Sadly balloons are still being released into the outdoors and this has a massive impact on marine, bird and wildlife, be creative and think of a different way to mark a special occasion.

 

All these little tweaks and changes to your daily lives will make a difference. Please share your 2017 stories of you being mini eco warriors by tagging Psyched Paddleboarding and using #psychedforplasticfreeoceans tag as I would love to see what you are doing to help where you live and play. Together we can all create a ripple effect and make a difference.

 

Much love Sian & Ruby xx

Planning for SUP expedition

I'm so stoked to be featured in SUP International Magazine this month!! Four page spread giving advice planning for a #SUP expedition. 

'Get Psyched...Sian Sykes helps get your head in gear for your first paddling Expediton'

'I simply love expeditions; I enjoy the real sense of adventure experiencing different cultures, immersing myself in wilderness and feeling like a true explorer! The outside is a playground full of potential; be it journeying on lakes, canals or on the sea. That's why SUP is so perfect, you have the freedom to take your board and go off on exciting expeditions: have board, will travel.'

Get your copy here http://www.sup-internationalmag.com/subscriptions/

SUP in Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park is the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales. A perfect place for true adventure!

I personally love it for its beauty, it's colour, the wilderness, the landscape, the breathtaking view, the solitude and the total freedom of escaping, away from the hectic pace of life and being able to re connect with nature. I enjoy bracing its wild elements and being truly submerged in its glorious surroundings. SUP in Snowdonia is a such a wonderful adventure.

Keen to join for SUP in Snowdonia? We offer a fantastic SUP & Hike in beautiful Snowdonia.

This is an exciting stand up paddleboard guided adventure lead by Sian, a qualified SUP Instructor and International Mountain Leader. The day is spent hiking to a stunning mountain and SUP across a tranquil lake in the spectacular setting of Snowdonia. Enjoy the atmosphere, the change in environment, re connect with nature, enjoy the solitude and time out from the hustle and bustle. This is a true Snowdonia SUP wilderness.

WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK:

"Just had the best weekend ever! Booked a SUP and hike day trip (our second psyched Paddleboarding!) with Sian and absolutely loved it. The location was perfect, well off the beaten track, with the most fantastic views and scenery all around. Sian's experience and knowledge is first rate which provides great confidence and really interesting facts. We had so much fun and learnt so much. We came back relaxed and refreshed as she had literally thought of everything (and more!) The kit and tuition was fantastic, the photos we received after also a really nice touch. I'm totally hooked on Wales, Standup Paddle boarding and can't wait for our next Psyched Paddleboarding Adventure. Could not recommend enough."

"A perfect setting to paddle in Snowdonia on a SUP. Sian is highly qualified, knows the area incredibly well, I love her little welsh folklore stories! Her kit and her attention to detail is fantastic and I will treasure the magical experience dearly."